Banned Books Week (BBW), an annual event held during the last week of September, is 30 years old this year. Banned Books Week, Sept. 30 through Oct. 6, highlights the benefits of free and open access to information. Its purpose is to draw attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted banning of books across the United States.
During Banned Books Week, the Solon Public Library will have a display of classics, young adult and children’s books that have either been banned or challenged.
Also, bookmarks listing books that have been banned through the ages will be available. The listed books have all been banned at one time or another on social grounds. Listed are familiar titles including, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl,” “The Bible” and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” just to name a few.
Librarians, teachers and booksellers across the country use Banned Books Week each year to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.
Next early out is a movie
The next early out program will be on Thursday, Oct. 4, with the showing of the movie, “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” (PG) which is 98 minutes long. Movie time will be from 1 until 3 p.m.
Movies are shown in the meeting room and most attendees prefer to sit on the floor. The library does have a few bean bag chairs but not enough for everyone. Kids are more than welcome to bring in pillows or comfy seat-like things of their own for early out movies.
Teen Advisory Board, TAB for short
In the fall of 2011, a group of teens who regularly use the Solon Public Library took steps to unite and organize a board aimed at the interests of middle and high school students. Under the direction of Deena Foss, teen advisor, the group of teens created a five-person Teen Advisory Board, whose main goal is to encourage teens to enjoy the library. TAB plans to meet once a month to plan and carry out activities for the school year. Early plans include a teen movie night in October and Final Fridays Cafe will start again in November.
The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is beginning its second year with six members: Ally Harrelson-Crowell, AJ Ressler, Ely Kleinsmith, Kassadi Hilton, Natalie Sherman and Rachel Haugland. You can expect an exciting year at the Solon Public Library when these bright, fun teens put their plans in motion.
Another new magazine on board
Mother Jones is a magazine new to the magazine rack, thanks to a patron donated subscription. Mother Jones is an award-winning magazine, published six times a year, with its stated mission “to produce revelatory journalism that in its power and reach informs and inspires a more just and democratic world.”
Magazine subscription requests
Do you subscribe to any of these magazines? National Geographic, National Wildlife, Field & Stream, Pheasants Forever, Sierra, Outdoor Life, Audubon, Iowa Game & Fish or Iowa Outdoors? The library is interested in expanding the collection to include these titles. If you subscribe to any of these and would be interested in donating your current gently read issue every month, or gifting a subscription to the library, please notify the staff at the circulation desk to avoid duplication. Only current issues of the current year are of interest– please, no back issues.
Ramping up for Halloween
The Halloween books on display in the children’s section are being checked out at a brisk pace. Make sure to stop in and pick your favorites because the holiday will be here and gone before we know it.
Toni Russo’s Halloween window will debut beginning the first part of October. Mr. Bones and Mr. Scarecrow will make an appearance in the window with “The Pumpkin Patch” dedicated to the late Don Ochs, a tireless library supporter and Halloween’s number one fan. As Toni works her creative magic, there will be lots of mystical characters and autumn surprises at the Halloween party in the cornfield and the pumpkin patch.
Monday, Oct. 29, will conclude the month with the annual Costume Party from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. Children should come in costume for an hour of food, games, crafts and indoor trick-or-treating. There is no charge for this event. This is a drop-in program. Adapt the program to fit your schedule, whether you stay for the whole hour or come and go.
Upcoming adult events
Meal and a Movie will return on Friday, Sept. 28, at 11 a.m. Join this group for a mouth-watering meal of shepherd’s pie and dessert, and the movie, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” Sponsored by Solon Senior Advocates, the group convenes in the meeting room of the library. Call Sandy at 319-624-2710 if you plan to go and haven’t yet registered.
Solon Book Club will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m. October selection will be the 2012 One Community, One Book nominee, “The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir” by Kao Kalia Yang. To borrow a copy of a selected book, please contact the library circulation desk by calling 319-624-2678 or email Jacque at firstname.lastname@example.org . For questions about the book club, please contact Joyce at email@example.com .
Save the date events for kids
The library’s annual gingerbread house workshop will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15. Registration is required for this event and sign up will start near the end of October. And Santa will be making his annual visit to the Solon Library on Saturday, Dec. 8, in the morning– mark it on the calendar now so you don’t miss it.
Friends of the Library news
Friends of the Solon Library are accepting donations of gently used books, CDs and DVDs. Donations are accepted year round for the annual book sales and used book cart. Donations may be brought to the circulation desk during normal library hours. We regret that the following items cannot be accepted: encyclopedias, reference or text books over five years old, Readers Digest condensed books, discards from other libraries, Harlequin-type romance novels over 10 years old, music or books on tape in cassette tape format, movies on VHS or books that are extremely worn, missing cover or broken spines. Friends Used Book Sales will be held semi-annually, the first week-end in February and the first week-end in August.
Be an official friend by joining the Friends of the Solon Library organization. Each member controls the amount of time, if any, they want to help out. Meeting attendance is not required.
Annual membership dues from $10 to $35 help provide valuable programs and materials for the library not covered in their annual budgets. Among the membership benefits is a new members-only tote bag. Already a member? Renewing now at the new rate will extend your membership through October 2013, and reward you with the bag and an unframed “Of Time and Place” poster, featuring past window displays created by Toni Russo.
The Friends of the Library is announcing their new “Halloween Costume Recycling Program” which will be a great way for families to dispose of a costume they no longer need as well as provide new costumes at low prices for the following year. Donate any unwanted costumes between now and Nov. 21. Friends volunteers will clean, mend and store the costumes. Beginning next fall, friends will host a sale of the costumes and all proceeds will go to benefit the library. Members are needed to volunteer to assist with this new project. Pick up a brochure, join the friends and get involved. Contact any friends board member for more information or to volunteer.
Friends of the Library are gathering bags for the next book sales. The bag of choice, in all sizes is the paper shopping bag style with handles. The plastic grocery type bags are not needed or being collected at this time.
The next meeting of Friends of the Library will be Thursday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the library. Anyone is welcome to attend.